Overnighting in Seedy San Jose
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The bus got into San Jose after dark. All the other tourists when off to either places that were reserved, or a hostel being hawked for $12 per person. We thought this was way too much, and decided to take our chances walking around the bus station at night looking for cheap hotels. Yes, I know, this is exactly what the book tells you not to do.
The area was pretty seedy. Some guy was smoking crack across the street from where we ended up. Our hotel is pretty bad, but it was only $4 each for a double. It was basically 2 beds in a room where the walls didn't reach the ceiling. There was a sanitario in the hallway, and 2 seperate dingy showers that neither of us wanted to try. There was another room by ours that was set up like a prison cell, with a bed and a toilet inside.
There was an adorable dead kitty on the wall in the hallway, as you can see in this picture. It's fur was soft.
We decided, what the heck, let's go hang out on the corner of this ridiculously seedy neighbourhood. There was a little counter selling tamales and coffee. I tucked by camera down my pants and we just sat down and chilled with some very nice locals who told us that the area was muy pelligriso and pointed out the crackheads. The lady behind the counter called us Mamacita and Chicita. We felt weirdly at home. Some tourists came off a later bus, looked scared and wouldn't look us in the eye. I think they thought we were locals.
After a surprisingly restful night, despite totall random noises like an extremely loud manual clothes drying crank, people showering and god knows what else, we woke up in the morning and walked around town. We saw the most hardcore bum ever. He was sleeping head first in a garbage bag.